Tuesday, March 24, 2009

World TB Day

Today, March 24th, 2009, is World TB Day. Here is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have posted on their wesbite today:

"World TB Day is observed each year on March 24 to commemorate the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). Worldwide, TB remains one of the leading causes of death from infectious disease. An estimated 2 billion persons are infected with M. tuberculosis. In 2006, approximately 9.2 million persons became ill from TB, and 1.7 million died from the disease. World TB Day provides an opportunity for TB programs, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners to describe problems and solutions related to the TB pandemic and to support worldwide TB control efforts. The U.S. theme for this year's observance is Partnerships for TB Elimination."

The CDC states that, following more than three decades of decline, worldwide TB cases increased by 20% from 1985 to 1992. And although concerted global efforts have attempted to stem the tide, multidrug-resistant tuberculos is on the rise, and certain ethnic and racial groups are still significantly vulnerable.

At the Stop TB Partnership Website, a myriad of informative pages are available for your perusal and edification.

To access the CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, click here.
To visit Stop TB USA, click here.

To read several of my previous posts about XDR-TB, click here or here.
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